International Psychoanalytic Congress. May 27-28, 2016. Kiev, Ukraine

Ukrainian Association of Psychoanalysis
International Institute of Depth Psychology
International Federation of Psychoanalysis
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies of the
Italian National Research Council
European Journal of Psychoanalysis
with the assistance of
Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
Council of Europe

International Psychoanalytic Congress

Homeland. What does it mean today for us?

May 27-28, 2016 Kiev, Ukraine

Homeland, both a great and a small one, doesn't exist until we talk about it. Homeland as a discourse and as an ideological construct is generated by the desire of Homeland. Here nostalgia is primary: literally, “a pain for a hearth and home”. In the community globalized and depersonalized by the mass-cultural production, the part of which we are, nostalgia gets the sense-making status. Pain for the lost house becomes the very intension which drives the work of imagination on creating the local knowledge: knowledge about Us, self-knowledge, knowledge of one’s own – the motives which make tick all the processes of the collective construction of Homeland.
In today's world the tendency of world globalization increases rapidly the economic and information exchanges as well as the growth of human migration. As a result, the discourse about Homeland should gradually disappear in the mass of global political and commercial language technologies.
Nowadays the discourse of Homeland, Fatherland, Motherland is an agent of the global symbolical exchange, and it consolidates the patriotic discourse. These special features and constantly escalating interstate, ethnic, religious and interethnic conflicts over and over again make us wonder: “What is Homeland?”
It should be noted that we do not tell about Homeland, but Homeland articulates us, the subject who speaks about Homeland, the type of the plot. Homeland tells us the stories about its signified, which taken together constitute the discourse of Homeland.
The relevance of the topic. The topics of Homeland, Fatherland, Motherland, a patriotic choice are particularly relevant for Ukraine today. However, the understanding of these issues is impossible without the representatives of the other countries having their own historical and cultural experience.
The aim of the Congress is to consider a current state of the discourse of Homeland, a diachronic state of the concept of Homeland itself, the possibility of archeology, reconstruction and deconstruction of these notions; the dialogical historical past, the memory of the contexts of use, an image by means of which Homeland, homeland, Motherland, Fatherland is inscribed, through its connotations, into ideological system of every state; aesthetic properties through which the myth as a product of collective creativity broadly is connected to the historical, political and ideological processes. We invite to examine those features that are expected to have high potential for the further thinking on Homeland, as well as to consider how the aspects mentioned above show themselves in modern psychopathologies and psychoanalytic clinic.

Psychoanalysts, philosophers, psychologists, sociologists, political scientists are invited to participate in discussion.

On October 25, 1931 on the house where
Sigmund Freud was born a memorial plaque was tableted.
On this occasion, 75 year-old Freud wrote
a letter of thanks to the mayor of Freiburg:
“Deep inside me a happy child from Freiburg
is still living, the first-born of a young mother,
who has got his indelible impressions
from the ground and air of those places”

What is Homeland? In what way do such notions as the feeling of Homeland, the sense of belonging and affection to it, love to Homeland occur?
Is the concept of Homeland still relevant for the contemporary subject?
In what way do a globalization and a desire to become “a citizen of the world” influence the view change of Homeland?
Has the concept of Homeland, homeland, Fatherland, Motherland been changed in modern conditions in connection with the processes of globalization, with the development of information technologies, with the expansion of information, economic, cultural, linguistic diffusions among the countries, and with the increasing number of human migration?
National identity, patriotism, regionalism and separatism – the meaning of these concepts in today’s realities?
How can psychoanalysis as a method of research contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon of Homeland?
These and many other issues will be the scope of research for Psychoanalytic Congress devoted to the subject of Homeland.

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